Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

New Hampshire schools face virus-related loss of funds

Jan. 23, 2021 3:53 PM EST

School districts across New Hampshire are losing money because the state’s funding formula is based on metrics heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Sixteen mayors and school board leaders wrote to Gov. Chris Sununu and legislative leaders this week expressing their concerns. They explained that...

An iconic Alabama steakhouse and the woman who keeps it up

Jan. 23, 2021 3:53 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The night of her high school prom, Bernadine Birdsong went to the old Michael’s Sirloin Room on Birmingham’s 20th Street South for a steak dinner before the big dance. “I went to the prom in the hotel that was right across the street from Michael’s, the...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mexican leader says Biden offers $4B for Central America

Jan. 23, 2021 3:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's first calls to foreign leaders went to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a strained moment for the U.S. relationship with its North American neighbors. Mexico's president said Saturday that Biden...

With Mardi Gras parades canceled, New Orleans eats king cake

Jan. 23, 2021 3:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Will Samuels wasn’t sure what to expect this year at the King Cake Hub, his three-year-old seasonal shop offering the Mardi Gras confection from 15 New Orleans bakeries. So far, business has been brisk. He has been selling nearly 1,000 king cakes a day. “It’s...

Baltimore opts not to privatize troubled water meter system

Jan. 23, 2021 3:43 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The mayor of Baltimore is reversing a decision by his predecessor to outsource the city’s water meter program to a private company. Mayor Brandon Scott said Friday that members of Department of Public Works meter shop staff will remain in place and receive training to ensure they...

More than 12,300 new virus cases, 150 new deaths in Florida

Jan. 23, 2021 3:37 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported an additional 12,311 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, as well as more than 150 new deaths from the virus. As of Saturday, Florida has had more than 1.6 million virus cases and 25,561 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. Florida had a...

FILE - In this April 18, 2007 file photo, Larry King speaks to guests at a party held by CNN, celebrating King's fifty years of broadcasting in New York.  King, who interviewed presidents, movie stars and ordinary Joes during a half-century in broadcasting, has died at age 87. Ora Media, the studio and network he co-founded, tweeted that King died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  ( AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File)

Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

Jan. 23, 2021 3:29 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He was 87. King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his production company, Ora...

Connecticut inmate is fifth to die this month of COVID-19

Jan. 23, 2021 3:28 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut inmate has become the fifth state prisoner this month to die of COVID-19 complications, according to the Department of Correction. The inmate, who was not identified because of medical privacy laws, died Friday afternoon at a hospital where he was transferred about...

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2021, file photo provided by the LA County Dept. of Medical Examiner-Coroner shows National Guard members assisting with processing COVID-19 deaths and placing them into temporary storage at LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner Office in Los Angeles in Los Angeles. More than 500 people are dying each day in California because of the coronavirus. The death toll has prompted state officials to send more refrigerated trailers to local governments to act as makeshift morgues. State officials said Friday they have helped distribute 98 refrigerated trailers to help county coroners store dead bodies. California reported 669 COVID-19 deaths, the second-highest daily death count, on Saturday, Jan. 16, and the nation's most populous county announced it had detected its first case of a more transmissible strain of the coronavirus. Public health authorities in Los Angeles County confirmed its first case of the variant of COVID-19 first detected in the United Kingdom. It was iden

Rate of new virus infections falling, but deaths remain high

Jan. 23, 2021 3:28 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rates of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are dropping across California, but health officials warn those trends are tempered by very high death rates. The state reported 593 deaths on Saturday, a day after recording a one-day record of 764, according to the...

A health worker of Rocket Testing, conducts a test at the COVID-19 testing site at the Hawthorn Mall parking lot in Vernon Hills, Ill., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. A new drive-up rapid COVID-19 testing facility has opened in Vernon Hills. Rocket Testing, which currently has seven locations in the Chicago area. No appointment is necessary, and test can remain in the car while people wait, according to the Rocket Testing Facebook page. The test takes just minutes, and results are typically available in 15 minutes. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Latest: Chicago opens restaurants, some bars with limits

Jan. 23, 2021 3:22 PM EST

CHICAGO — Restaurants and certain bars across Chicago and suburban Cook County have opened their doors to customers for the first time since late October after winning approval Saturday from Illinois health officials. With the city and county moving up to Tier I of the state’s coronavirus...